Skin Lesion Removal
Sometimes we develop unsightly skin lesions in very obvious locations. This can create self-consciousness and psychological distress. We may feel ugly or that people are constantly staring out our skin imperfections. We, and those around us, become distracted by these small imperfections. As a result we often desire skin lesion removal. The most common benign skin lesions seen on the face and body are simple moles.Other common lesions we encounter are skin tags, xanthelasma, and seborrheic keratosis.
- Moles: Also known as nevi, are benign lesions composed of clusters of pigmented cellS.
- Skin Tags: Also known as acrochordon, are benign tumors occurring on skin. Commonly occur in areas of friction, such as body creases and folds.Elevated blood sugar and insulin can increase incidence.
- Xanthelasma: Yellow cholesterol rich deposits under the skin. Commonly on eyelids. Associated with hyperlipidemia.
- Seborrheic keratosis: Most common benign tumor in middle to older age individuals.Typical present as dark or light brown raised lesion. Occur more commonly on areas of sun exposure.
Skin Lesion Removal Procedure
Most commonly, these lesions can be removed via a simple ellipse excision, which leaves a small linear scar. However, some lesions such as skin tags may only require shaving them off at the base, or at the opposite end of the spectrum, some lesions may require skin graft or flap reconstruction. We perform all benign skin lesion removals in our state of the art office surgical suite.
Will my insurance pay for skin lesion removal?
Not normally. These skin lesions are not a threat to your health and are considered cosmetic. However, if one can document suspicious changes in the lesion such as color change, change in size, or bleeding, one could possibly have the removal covered by insurance.
You will usually be able to return to regular activities immediately after lesion removal. You can shower in 24 hours, however no soaking of the incision or swimming for 1 month.
The national average price for benign skin lesion removal is between $300-500. Dr. Graham’s pricing can be found here.